St Paul Tea House
A Touch of China in the City
Having a client ask, “Can you do a tea house?” was a dream come true. Our fieldStudio team loves new challenges in wood and metal and this one really gave us a chance to have fun. We wanted to keep it fairly simple and rustic in style — a country tea house, as it were. We were inspired by the idea that you could take tea in the house in the rain. We imagined the pitter-patter of the rain on the corrugated metal roof, the rain water going into the big copper gutter and splattering down through the rain chain onto a chiseled rock bowl.
Like all our projects, what makes us the happiest is frequent use and we are told by the client that they make ample use of the structure to find some peace in their busy life.
Landscape Key Elements - What's Unique in this Design
Our FieldStudio team did all the handiwork on this tea house from footings and beams, to bamboo trellis walls and the corrugated metal roof and gutter.
Rustic tea house? Sure! Our Field Design Team executed this cedar structure based on customer requirements and our own experience. The roof and gutter system was designed to be one of the primary visual features – including the rock that fills with water when it rains. The final design was built by our FieldStudio team.
While stormwater infiltration isn’t an issue in the landscape – utilizing rainwater as part of landscape is part of many of our projects.
The fence was completed by our long-time partner Dakota Unlimited.
Gravel and Boulders
The Japanese garden-feel of this project is enhanced by hand-picked boulders and mixed-size gravel work.